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Ignominious 10th Anniversary of Fracking’s “Halliburton Loophole” This Weekend


Ignominious 10th Anniversary of Fracking’s “Halliburton Loophole” This Weekend

Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - This Saturday August 8th marks the 10th anniversary of what largely enabled America’s oil and gas fracking boom: the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and a key provision of it known commonly as the “Halliburton Loophole.” The provision specifically exempted fracking operations from critical parts of benchmark environmental regulations like the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, enabling the oil and gas industry to develop fracking on a large national scale.



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The Bush-Cheney legacy lives on in all its fetid, rancorous superficiality. Money is their one and only god to the detriment of all mankind. Cheney goes through hearts like poop through a goose and the reasons why are readily apparent…but he has the bottomless pit of money to keep paying for them, which is IMO a colossal waste.


Unfortunately, as long as there is money, the desctruction of our planet will continue… what puzzles me is that these decision-makers do not even consider the future of their own children and grand-children, that is how greedy they are.


Thanks for covering the news about the anniversary of the Halliburton Loophole.

While it’s true that the Halliburton loopholes are responsible for a great deal of the mess we are in, we have to be factual or we risk misinforming others who rely on us for accurate information to act upon and share.

The Clean Air Act exemptions were not part of the Halliburton Loophole. It applied to the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and NEPA only.

The CAA exemptions and 3 other federal exemptions came about much
earlier and were mostly administrative decisions, not congressional
actions, that could arguably be reversed by the Obama administration. There is a Wiki entry on history of the exemptions and a document available from Earthworks that describes how they were adopted.

The Obama administration has ignored petitions to close the Clean Air Act and RCRA
loopholes. As much as we hate Cheney, he is not responsible for these
particular failures to apply the laws we depend on for our health and
safety to the oil and gas industry. It’s important to understand the history of the seven exemptions to major provisions of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, NEPA, CERCLA, RCRA, and EPCRA.